I was just recently pondering the thought that soon my eldest daughter will be old enough to operate a moving vehicle. Ah, the thought of that is quite frightening to me. Not because she wouldn’t be competent enough to drive (she’s an awesome kid and has a great head on her shoulders) but maybe, just maybe it might be the thought that I might be getting old(er). For goodness sake it was just yesterday that I learned to drive (or so it seems).
Ok truth is, umpteen years ago when I was taking behind the wheel I had an excellent instructor. He would set his cup of coffee on the dashboard and would tell us that if we made his coffee spill, we would automatically flunk the course. How’s that for a hard-nose. He may have been a tough instructor, but he taught me a bunch of great tips that really helped me to be a skilled driver. To this day I still impress my friends with my ability to parallel park in tight spots.
Sometimes I think that learning to drive is somewhat like learning to navigate in our faith. As we step out in faith and get behind the wheel, here are several points that will help us to become a skilled driver.
First of all, when operating a vehicle, safety is the highest priority. It helps to know how your car operates and all the functions of the equipment before you are in motion. Likewise as children of God, we are to know the manual (God’s Word) and know how we are to function as his children. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 In order to know your stuff, you must be diligent to read up on it!
Secondly, learning to be a good and confident driver takes time, it doesn’t happen overnight but only through (behind the wheel) experience. . .We must . . .grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18 Again we do this by through exercising our spiritual disciplines.
Thirdly, we must obey the “rules of the road.” In the same way God gives us rules for living. They are for our safety and well as the safety of others. So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them. Deuteronomy 12:32 Following the rules is a must!
Fourthly, when driving it is paramount that we always stay focused and free from external distractions. Likewise we must keep God at the center of all we do. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 1 Corinthians 10:31 If we can’t do something to God’s glory, we probably shouldn’t be doing it at all.
Fifthly, always be on the lookout for the other guy. In our faith it is important to surround ourselves with those who are like-minded, not for those who will willingly steer us off course. He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20
Sixthly, pay attention to the blind spots. Blind spots are areas that cannot be seen directly by the driver while behind the controls of the vehicle. Blind spots in our faith are known areas of weakness that may cause us to stumble. Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22
And last but not least, make sure the fuel tank has plenty of gas in it. We don’t want to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. We cannot be effective in our faith if we go to long without refueling our faith by reading God’s word, meditating on it and applying it to our lives.
So as we get behind the wheel of faith, remember, we that have the best driving instructor ever. He is there to teach us, to guide us and to instruct us in his ways. On this journey, we will be taken on super highways and sometimes on scenic byways. Learn to trust the instructor fully, he will never steer us wrong and with him at our side, we will be sure to arrive safely at our final destination!